Our Massive Closet Makeover – The Finances, The Video Tour, And The Earlier than & Afters

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This put up goes to cowl a whole lot of floor. Not solely are we sharing earlier than & after photographs and a video tour about how we organized all of it, we’re additionally spilling how a lot the entire thing value, tossing out some closet planning ideas that will help you deal with an replace your self, and the small print on how we made all of it look built-in like a bonafide customized closet (with simply $65 of wooden!). First let’s get to the eyeball-related issues: the earlier than & afters. Additionally, please be aware how badly Burger needed to be on this put up. Photobombs out the wazoo.

This little room of ours has come a great distance. The picture beneath reveals how we even upgraded the doorway to the closet. See that tremendous slender doorway? It was 22″ broad (WHYYY?!?!?) and never centered on that wall (once more…. WHYYY?!?!). For reference, John’s shoulder to shoulder measurement is 20″. Sure, which means he had about an inch of clearance on either side when he walked by way of that previous doorway each day for the final six years that we’ve lived right here. We took the door that was there proper off the hinges proper after we moved in as a result of with the door in that opening John couldn’t get by way of with out sliding in sideways.

Taking the time to widen and heart the opening made an enormous distinction within the feeling of the area. Plus it allowed us so as to add built-ins alongside either side wall for a totally symmetrical feeling whenever you step inside. We went with a pleasant broad 34″ doorway once we reframed that opening, which is the widest we may do whereas nonetheless permitting area for the cabinetry on either side to tuck behind the doorway.

chandelier | mirror | related runner | self-importance | ground tile | wall coloration: Behr Irish MistWe saved the very same footprint as the unique closet – we simply packed it with about 948% extra operate. The uncooked dimension of the closet was eight′ broad by 6′ deep, in order that’s what we had been working with. Why not change the precise footprint of the closet? Nicely, it will have been much more cash/bother to maneuver the complete wall versus simply widening/centering the doorway, and as soon as we realized we may match a bathe and a separate tub (together with a HUGE double self-importance) in our rest room’s footprint, we had zero need to steal any more room from this room. Right here’s the ground plan for reference:

One more reason we knew we’d use each inch of this closet’s authentic footprint is as a result of we had a aim of not solely working in our clothes & shoe storage, but additionally squeezing in a linen closet and including extras like a built-in hamper, a drop-zone for donations, and many others. This can be a flashback to what we had occurring within the previous closet. It was just about only one lengthy hanging bar on my facet with footwear saved on the ground on some previous shoe racks. John had a dresser together with his garments in it in addition to two hanging bars on his facet (and extra previous shoe racks on the ground).


chandelier | mirror | related runner | self-importance | ground tile | wall coloration: Behr Irish MistJohn was making an attempt to pose me to look the identical because the earlier than image above it from October of 2018 (are you able to imagine that’s how lengthy it’s been since I shared this put up about my minimal wardrobe?) and it simply went horribly flawed. However attempt to look past my Vanna White impression on the precise background, as a result of I used to be making an attempt to face in the identical spot as the image above to show what a sport changer built-in storage will be in an area like this. Once more, this room is eight′ broad by 6′ deep for anybody questioning.
Right here’s one other good demonstration of what we had occurring in there. That dresser (which later moved out into our bed room) obtained changed with a easy white Malm from Ikea, however you possibly can see John’s facet of issues right here.

You may also see how the room began out with carpeting in that earlier than pic on the left (the previous beige carpet carried into the sink self-importance space – so we gleefully ripped it out and stenciled the subfloor as a “momentary measure to tide us over” till we did an actual rest room/closet reno). Little did we all know it will be 6 years… however dang was it well worth the wait!
Right here’s another flashback to how issues appeared on this closet during the last half-decade. This picture was from earlier than we moved this wooden inlay dresser to the seashore home (it’s hilarious how a lot we swap our dressers) and it’s a greater shot of Burger’s crate and the opposite stuff that used to stay on the ground of this area. As for the place Burger lives now, our prince obtained upgraded to the bed room. He likes carpet greater than tile & Burger will get what Burger desires. Really the irony is that he has by no means spent extra time within the closet than once we had been taking the photographs for this put up.

However again to the completed closet. Right here’s John’s facet. I simply can’t even impress upon you ways a lot we take pleasure in strolling into this area now. We lived 6 years with out this closet, so it’s not like we are able to’t survive with out it, however boy is it good to have an organized and customised place for all of our issues. Actually all the pieces we hoped to have a spot for, now has a chosen place. And as an alternative of half of my wardrobe dwelling out in drawers within the bed room (and me having to stroll backwards and forwards to assemble an outfit) it’s multi functional place: this closet.

Why We Used Ikea Pax
There’s a cause for those who search “Ikea pax closet” on Pinterest, you’ll discover pages and pages of closets filled with this technique. It’s a REALLY customizable option to get a totally built-in trying closet system that may retailer each single merchandise that you’ve got in each single manner that you simply’d like (utilizing drawers, doorways, pull outs, cabinets – even upscale trying clear drawer fronts and felt-lined jewellery trays).

left picture supply | center picture supply | proper picture sourceI shared the above left closet as one among our inspirations again on this planning put up in October, however really for those who search “Ikea pax closet” on Pinterest yow will discover tons of them (like Chris & Julia’s beautiful one from their final home, and this one by The DIY Playbook). You possibly can even click on round to see how folks organized them inside. Hey, my title is Nosy.
Plus we’re big followers of utilizing the Ikea closet planning software program, which is what we did to pre-plan some concepts earlier than heading to Ikea and assembly with a closet skilled there who helped us finalize issues and put in our whole order. The rendering beneath is the place we began at residence, after which a number of issues advanced as soon as we stood within the retailer and obtained a greater thought of scale and peak and stuff, that are laborious to understand on-line.

One different cause we went with a Pax closet system? We had been present completely satisfied prospects! We used these very same closets 11 years in the past in our first home! We added Ikea Pax wardrobes on both facet of the mattress all the way in which again in 2008, which created a lot extra vertical storage and performance for us in that room (who remembers this put up?)! And the really hilarious factor about John’s facet of these built-ins from 11 years in the past is that the way in which he deliberate his central wardrobe for our present closet is almost equivalent to the one he designed 11 years in the past for his facet of the mattress! How humorous is that? If it ain’t broke…

Group Video Tour
Okay, however now on to how we organized the complete closet. We filmed this video tour so I may throw open each door and drawer so that you can see precisely what goes the place, why we needed sure closet options for sure functions, and the way we match all the pieces in – from a hidden hamper to a whole linen closet!

You may also watch the video right here on YouTube
For anybody who can’t watch the video proper now, beneath are a number of photographs, however they’re not almost as exhaustive because the video (plus you get to see the pullouts in motion, and many others). So I extremely advocate coming again to observe that when you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare afterward. Additionally for the handfuls of people who find themselves going to ask if brief ol’ me can attain X, Y, and Z (it occurs each time we share a closet put up or a stacked laundry setup – ha!) you possibly can see me reaching all the pieces within the video. Like a boss.
I additionally tried to cowl some closet planning ideas too (like how 3M command velcro strips can come in useful!) in order that’s all in there for you. However again to the photographs. You possibly can see all three of my hanging bars right here. I did jackets & lengthy sleeved shirts on the center hanging bar, after which silky tanks and brief sleeved tops on that high proper hanging bar, and attire on that backside proper hanging bar.

I didn’t do one lengthy hanging bar as a result of I don’t want one (extra on that within the video), however positively plan the closet you want. You probably have lengthy attire that necessitate an extended hanging space – work that into your design. One other good factor in regards to the Ikea Pax system is that it’s tremendous versatile. If we promote this home in a decade or two and the subsequent proprietor desires a protracted hanging spot, they will simply take away that decrease bar in the precise cupboard and growth: longer hanging space achieved!
That is extra of a straight on shot. I really like that due to having a fairly small wardrobe (extra on that right here) I’ve some very nice area between my hangers as an alternative of all of it feeling packed in there. Kinda seems like I’ve my very own boutique and that’s one of many many causes I really like a small wardrobe within the first place. I like the sensation of a simplified closet & the convenience of discovering all the pieces I’m on the lookout for in a single second flat. Plus it saves me cash and I’m not storing a bunch of stuff I don’t really use or put on (extra on that right here).

This compartment all the way in which to the left on my facet of the closet is my favourite space of the complete room (nicely, it is perhaps tied with the arched mirror). It’s the place I’ve my purses and clutches & scarves and even a leopard hair tie (hanging bar + pullout hook rail = extraordinarily versatile storage). Additionally: gimme leopard all the pieces.

Down beneath that part (which I Vanderpump-ed with some leopard heels and a leopard clutch as a result of I’m from New Jersey and it’s my love language), I even have a glass shelf that appears down on my beloved jewellery pullout, which makes me really feel SO FANCY I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU.
To have the ability to see all the pieces by way of the glass, after which pull it out and seize what I would like?! Let’s simply say it was well worth the six 12 months wait after which some. And see how completely the felted tray matches into the pullout, and the way polished the glass shelf seems? I really feel like that is the place the Pax wardrobe system actually shines.

It seems so upscale, however the worth of those fittings is fairly inexpensive – particularly within the scheme of redoing a whole closet. The jewellery tray & pullout that it sits in had been $40, and the glass shelf above them was simply $25 and a lot nicer than a fundamental white shelf that will have coated all of it. I imply, I really feel like you possibly can spend $65 on a tabletop jewellery field, and this simply has a lot extra built-in enchantment to me. We didn’t splurge for these fancy upgrades wherever else, however simply this one spot the place I did makes me so completely satisfied. This closet is my lobster. Additionally John is my lobster for now clearly with the ability to see how a lot leopard print I personal and nonetheless loving me.

Under my little jewellery station, you possibly can see my three shoe pullouts. I selected pullouts as a result of a hard and fast shelf at that peak would imply I’d must kneel on the ground and take out a pair of footwear within the entrance to get to those within the again, versus having a pullout that involves you (and also you don’t must kneel or take away something to entry the rest). The principle level is that I can stay on my toes and nonetheless get the footwear within the again versus crawling on the ground like an individual enjoying laser tag.

Burger actually likes my bedazzled footwear, okay?
Additionally it needs to be famous that alllll of my common footwear are saved downstairs in our little built-in mudroom so these are simply lesser used footwear that I sometimes put on for particular events, which is rather like my jewellery (I put on the identical small studded on a regular basis jewellery & simply add dangly earrings for particular events). That’s the ONLY REASON I’m cool with pullouts behind doorways. I’m of the mindset that on a regular basis clothes (like underwear, t-shirts, or denims) which can be saved in a drawer behind a door is one too many obstacles for entry for me. May not be for you although. All that’s to say: know thyself when planning a closet. Solely add drawers or pullouts with doorways in entrance of them for those who’re sure that transfer gained’t bug you. For me, doing that a number of occasions a day = manner an excessive amount of. However a few times per week = simply advantageous.
Now transferring over to John’s facet (once more – you possibly can see A LOT MORE of what’s in every drawer within the video – even for those who watch with out the sound on). However this shot is an efficient demonstration of simply how good some well-planned storage will be for taming the madness of allll the various things which can be being saved. Look how clear this seems:

And but, when issues are open you possibly can see JUST HOW MUCH STORAGE, GLORIOUS STORAGE IS BACK THERE! Good tall spot for a hamper and even a stepladder for me to achieve the highest cabinets? Test! Hats and undershirts and socks? Test! Bathing fits and lengthy sleeved shirts and brief sleeved shirts and sleep shorts? Test! We actually deliberate these drawers and cabinets and hanging bars to accommodate all the issues we have now – after which some!

Just be sure you take stock from residence earlier than planning on-line with their closet software program after which deliver notes with you about precisely what you’ve got whenever you’re within the retailer as nicely. Don’t simply write down apparent stuff like what number of drawers you’d ideally have or what number of hanging bars you need. Really depend what number of footwear you need to retailer for instance. That’s nice intel to be armed with to construct your closet round.
Certain your variety of footwear can and doubtless will change over time (and these closets are SUPER versatile, which is nice) however moving into with a goal variety of issues that you really want to have the ability to retailer is essential for really coming residence with the precise objects to realize that aim. For instance if you already know you’ve got 12 pairs of footwear that’s completely completely different than going and being like “I feel perhaps I’ve 7 pairs?” and returning residence to see 12 and instantly wishing you had added another shelf or pullout for the additional ones. Do the additional twenty minutes of labor to stock stuff so your new closet doesn’t come up brief proper off the bat.
And now, I’ll introduce you to our linen closet! It’s primarily this whole proper wardrobe on John’s facet, due to him solely needing a number of pullouts on the backside for lesser used footwear (bear in mind, his on a regular basis footwear are downstairs within the hidden mudroom too).

You possibly can see the place we have now our seashore towels and tub towels, in addition to our sheets in these pullout drawers. As soon as once more, I don’t thoughts these drawers being behind a door as a result of we alter the sheets weekly, so we’re not battling the door/drawer combo every day or something). As for different “linen closet” objects in right here, there’s even a packing blanket (nice for transferring furnishings from criagslist!) and a spare pillow on the shelf up high that’s simply out of body on this pic (you possibly can see it within the closet video!). Gaining a full service linen closet proper off of the lavatory inside the present sq. footage of our closet?! IT FEELS GLORIOUS.
We really had a linen closet inside the rest room earlier than, however ripping it out gave us a way more open format filled with much more gentle whereas additionally permitting us to have A BRAND NEW FREESTANDING TUB! So we’re all for eradicating a linen closet and dealing it in some place else if it means you possibly can earn the bathtub of your goals (and it’s actually a bathtub that I dream about). We even have a corridor closet the place we retailer baggage and wrapping paper and some upstairs cleansing provides that we may have squished and added linens to, but it surely was a significantly better possibility for us to work it into our closet. It’s all good and versatile although – so if another person with extra garments strikes in down the street and needs this to only be an everyday closet, they might SO EASILY transfer the linens into the corridor closet. Storage choices abound.
Oh and one fast tip to your hamper. Make certain whenever you’re planning the closet that you simply don’t simply make a compartment for it that’s the peak of the hamper, since you want room above it to your hand to go out and in simply.

Permit John to mannequin that motion for you:

And since we’re modeling completely different closet actions impulsively, right here I’m displaying you that the little white step stool that we labored into the closet really does permit me to achieve these baskets on the highest part of the closet. Have I advised you folks generally doubt that I can attain something with out picture proof?

We’ve got really determined to make use of these two giant uncovered baskets for donations & hand-me-downs (the youngsters outgrow issues so rapidly, and we frequently have issues we need to donate however no actual system for them, in order that they sit on the eating desk or by the door without end). Having a chosen spot to retailer all of them whereas they accumulate will probably be such an improve from awkwardly transferring spare piles of issues all around the home for months on finish.
Additionally, one different closet tip that we touched on yesterday in our e-newsletter had been these superior and tremendous low cost plugs that Ikea sells to cowl all the darkish holes all through their wardrobes. In the event that they don’t hassle you, skip them, however at a bit over a greenback for 100 plugs, I WAS ALL IN. We did almost each gap in right here however ran a bit brief. There are a number of remaining holes in direction of the again that I nonetheless need to fill, so we picked up some further baggage at Ikea on Monday.
It seems good and polished as soon as they’re in, so I’m psyched that Ikea makes them. I feel they’re comparatively new however ought to work on older wardrobes and billy bookcases if these holes bug you.

One other perk to this closet system? The smooth shut characteristic! It comes normal in drawers and pullouts and doorways! You possibly can really see them in motion within the video. I really like that there’s no upcharge for that.
General, my major ideas for constructing a closet that works tougher for you’ll be:
Take stock of what it’s important to be sure you don’t add manner too many drawers or hanging bars when the truth is you want you had extra cabinets or a spot for the hamper, etcPut probably the most typically accessed objects in probably the most simply accessible areas. Our on a regular basis objects are within the open heart sections of the closet, however lesser used objects like spare sheet units and special day footwear are advantageous to be behind a door on a pullout or in a drawer (know thyself and modify accordingly if that will drive you mad)Take a look at the add ons that may make your closet really feel much more custom-made. From the outlet plugs that make issues extra completed seeking to the glass shelf that provides operate (you possibly can see what’s beneath it!) in addition to magnificence – there are a whole lot of optionsThink about potential sticking factors and attempt to clear up them proper off the bat. I might have needed to deliver a chair into the closet from two rooms over to achieve the highest cabinets of this closet if we hadn’t inbuilt a spot for a bit step stool. Makes the entire thing work tougher and growth: no extra sticking level!Shoot for the moon with regards to fixing different points in your home. In case you don’t have a chosen spot for donations and so they typically accumulate on the eating desk or close to the again door, including an enormous basket or two to present them a bonafide drop-zone in your closet may even clear up issues that exist in different rooms How We Made It Look Inbuilt
An enormous a part of making Ikea Pax wardrobes look dearer and customized than they’re (for that fancy closet vibe that a Jersey lady with bedazzled footwear like me adores) is constructing them in in order that they appear like a part of the room.

chandelier | mirror | related runner | self-importance | ground tile | wall coloration: Behr Irish MistAgain, our closet is eight′ broad x 6′ deep, so with a little analysis & planning we realized we may match two of their 93″ tall and 19″ broad wardrobe bins flanking one centered 29″ field (additionally in that 93″ peak) on every 6′ facet of the closet. This left a few spare inches on the surface edges, plus about three″ on the highest (our ceilings are simply shy of ordinary eight′ ones in right here). So fortunately there weren’t big gaps to fill with a purpose to make them appear like they honestly go wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.

We had loosely deliberate so as to add crown molding and baseboard, however neither would really slot in these small gaps since our ceiling was below eight′, and we determined that the opposite wall molding that we added to the room made us need to hold it easy across the closets so issues didn’t compete. The aim was simply to make them look easy and clear so the extra fascinating molding may steal the highlight across the mirror and within the adjoined rest room. However in case you have extra peak to play with, you possibly can see how we added baseboard and crown molding to a different Ikea piece in these two posts.

The key to creating Ikea stuff look inbuilt is to be sure you’re including items that find yourself being flush with the doorways, not simply the bins (that is particularly necessary when doing an Ikea kitchen). The tactic we like to make use of is a two-board strategy. You nail a primary board (which doesn’t must be exactly minimize) to be flush with the cupboard or closet field. That is straightforward to do with a nail gun, proper by way of the within fringe of the field. The white thicker board sitting throughout the highest of every of the wardrobes beneath is this primary board:

You then nail your second board to the primary board, which needs to be fairly exactly minimize. Ikea sells filler items for this objective, however it’s also possible to use primed three/four″ boards like we did right here and simply paint them to match the Ikea wardrobe (actually simply deliver residence some white swatches, discover one which matches, and seize a bit quart of paint for a very nice completed look).

We repeated this system across the sides, first filling the hole subsequent to the wardrobe field, after which including a second piece of trim nailed into that in entrance so it’s flush with the doorways (skip the second for those who’re going doorless and simply make all the pieces flush to the bins). That is the precise nail gun that we used & we used 1.5″ nails for this.

Right here’s one other picture that reveals what the two-board system seems like. These are the facet items that we used to fill the gaps in opposition to the partitions. The opposite primed boards on the left facet of the image are simply a part of the molding therapy we did within the closet and toilet, so ignore these for those who’re not including that as nicely. And sure, John goes to put in writing a put up about how we did that fancy molding very quickly for everybody asking. I feel it’s the one smartest thing we did to raise the complete feeling of the closet and toilet! And it wasn’t that costly in any respect!

As soon as all the pieces is nailed in place, you simply have the enjoyable/tedious activity of filling your whole nail holes (this man makes fast work of that) and caulking your seams (that is our favourite caulk for this job). You possibly can see how unfinished the seams and cracks look within the picture beneath versus the image below this one once they’re all stuffed and painted.

Talking of paint, after you’ve caulked and stuffed your holes, the final step is simply to color all of the primed wooden that you simply added no matter coloration you’ve decided seems closest to your cabinetry within the lighting scenario that you simply’re coping with (we used Behr’s White – that’s the precise title of the colour).

chandelier | mirror | related runner | self-importance | ground tile | wall coloration: Behr Irish MistWhen the mud clears and the paint dries, it’s fairly wonderful what $65 value of wooden can do to make a whole closet really feel far more polished. Talking of the how a lot issues value…
The Finances Breakdown
Let’s break this sucker down. Right here’s what we spent to make a naked eight′ broad by 6′ deep field of a room work a complete lot tougher for us:
Pax Wardrobes (Packing containers): $440 (throughout their 20% off sale – which is happening now once more! Ends Feb 2nd!)Grimo Doorways: $120 (for all four)Inside Fittings & Dividers: $885Ikea Supply Payment: $129 (this was $99 however we seen on the receipt it went up – dang!)Brass Arched Flooring Mirror: $385 (on sale down from $549 & we saved on transport by choosing it up in retailer)Capiz Chandelier: $199 (on sale from $250)Classic Turkish Rug from Etsy: $187 (on sale from $250)Primed Wooden To Construct In Wardrobes: $65Paint & Caulk: $26TOTAL: $2,436**Notice: this whole doesn’t embrace the tile/electrical/drywall restore/and many others that we did within the closet concurrently the lavatory because it’s powerful to interrupt out the fee for simply this area. That’ll all be within the rest room price range breakdown although, so keep tuned for that!
And for anybody who might need a equally sized closet however a decrease price range – a fast option to slim down this closet value could be fewer pullouts/drawers and extra cabinets (they’re considerably cheaper), you would additionally skip the doorways, and seize a less expensive mirror at HomeGoods or perhaps a thrift store. I’ve been dreaming about this arched one for years & knew it will tie into the brass rest room mirrors I’ve additionally beloved without end, so I went for it when it obtained marked down throughout an enormous pre-Christmas sale. No regrets!!!
Whereas we’re on the price range subject, we obtained requested a number of occasions if we thought of different methods – just like the Elfa stuff from The Container Retailer. We positively did however for most of the causes we outlined above, Ikea’s Pax system gained out. For anybody on the lookout for a value comparability, this a lot much less inbuilt trying Elfa system from The Container Retailer (in 6′ widths similar to the 2 in our closet) appears to run about $1680 for 2 (that’s the present sale worth, marked down from the unique worth of $2400 for 2!). After we add up all the Ikea elements for ours, together with supply it involves $1574 for each 6′ sides of our closet, and that features much more drawers and doorways and pullouts (with smooth shut options!) and a way more built-in look that we personally desire.
Only for enjoyable I googled round to seek out out the typical value of a real “customized closet” and in line with this website these sometimes value between $three,000–$5,000. That’s fascinating to know as a result of I truthfully had no thought (I’m the one who assumes all of the Housewives closets are a minimum of one million on their very own – you already know, earlier than they add all of the Birkins and the boudoir photographs of themselves).
Okay, that seems like be aware to finish on. Hope you loved this beefy burrito of a put up in regards to the closet. We’re planning to complete off the lavatory quickly and share all of that data, though it in all probability gained’t be subsequent week. However… SOON! And if you wish to see it virtually completed, right here’s an enormous replace put up we shared a short while in the past. So near the end line I can style it.
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